Sunday, March 27, 2011

Luminary and Matching Card Tutorial Video

Luminary and Matching Card from Pattie Curran on Vimeo.

Another free sneak peek at the videos I make for a wesbite (I own the rights, so I can share!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Embossing and Dying Easter Eggs Tutorial Video

This past Easter, I embossed and dyed Easter eggs. I created a video for a website and thought I'd share it here (since I own the rights to my video, I can do that! ~smile~) Happy Egg dying! Happy Easter

Ebossing and Dying Easter Eggs from Pattie Curran on Vimeo.

Blood Drive Sunday!

Holy Cross Catholic Church is hosting a blood drive Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 9am - 2pm. To make an appointment, call 996-5109 ext 12    Walk ins are welcome.  They encourage making an appointment so that you won't have to wait.   The Goal it to get 39 pints of blood collected.

Holy Cross Catholic Church
616 S. Cherry St.
Kernersville, NC 27284

There will be door prizes given away every 15 minutes and cookies to eat.  Here is an example of one of the cards I'm donating for the door prizes (I've made 10 of them):

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Winner Is......


Congrats. I tried sending an email, but it bounced back. I've got two sick kids right now and will try to go to one of your blogs to post.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday - 40 Days for Life Begins

Today is Ash Wednesday and it is also the first day of 40 Days for Life.  Our family is making various sacrifices for Lent and trying to pray the rosary daily during the season of Lent.  One of the things we are also trying to do is to be involved in 40 Days for Life.  As we start our first day of this 2011 Lenten journey, I am going through sugar withdrawal and trying to offer it up for many pro-life intentions, including 40 Days for Life, as well as intentions for my own family. 

If you are interested in finding a 40 Days for Life campaign near you, click on the link above.  If you are unable to pray at the clinics, you can pray at home during this Lenten Season.  You can go further and fast while you pray.....  God uses these 40 day periods for His glory and for the good of all His people.

Here is a little bit about 40 Days for Life (taken from the website):

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

•Prayer and fasting

•Constant vigil

•Community outreach

40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion in America.

The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities ... and the entire world. From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ's resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sentenced for Life Fundraiser

Matthew was Sentenced for Life and made his $1000 bail.  The fundraiser benefited Room at the Inn of the Carolinas Several people were Sentenced for Life along with Matthew and the Knights at Holy Cross held a pancake dinner for Shrove Tuesday with the proceeds also going to Room at the Inn.  Room at the Inn's mission statement: Responding to the call of Christ to nurture life, Room At The Inn of the Carolinas operates housing and programs for homeless, single, pregnant women and single mothers with children offering them opportunities to have new lives of healthy, hope-filled independence.
Here are a few pictures from the night:

The Making of a King Cake

We had fun making three King Cakes.  One traditional and two cherry cream cheese.  I used the recipe from King Arthur Flour that I posted earlier and they were delicious! I love making King Cakes! 

Lenten Blog Giveawy

Lent starts tomorrow and I want to hear what Lenten traditions other families have!  Every person making a comment sharing a Lenten tradition in their family will be entered into the drawing.  The contest ends the first Sunday of Lent and the prize will be shipped shortly thereafter.  The prize can only be shipped in the United States or Canada (Military addresses included).  The winner will be notified via email.

I might incorporate a new tradition into Lent this year!  I can't wait!

This is a picture of the prize:


Mardi Gras

I'm making King Cakes for Mardi Gras today.  Have you ever had a King Cake?  Have you ever made your own King Cake?  They are easy to make.  One of my favorite recipes is from King Arthur Flour.  King Cake Recipe  Play around with the fillings and find one you like.  My husband's favorite is traditional King Cake, while my kids love lemon and regular.  

Lent starts tomorrow and we've been discussing what we will be doing.  We will pray together as a family and each one will try to make some sort of Lenten sacrifice.  The boys already have our rice bowls on the table, ready for the season. I promised a friend that I would diet with her over Lent.  Here's hoping that doing it for Jesus gives me more will power.  I enjoy cooking and I like food! 

I also try to be better about my daily spiritual reading during Lent, too.  I try to read every day, but sometimes, I forget or don't make the time. Lent is always a good time to get back into better habits. At a retreat many years ago, a priest told me that he never gave anything up for Lent, instead he worked on a virtue that he wanted to have by the end of the Lenten Season.  He said this way, you are sacrificing by working on a good habit and gain a virtue for Jesus at the end!

I'd love to hear what other families do during Lent. In fact, I'm setting up my first ever blog giveaway because of this!  (That will be my next post!) The prize is a set of stamps called Teacher's Aid. Perfect for the classroom and a set that I used when my boys were growing up!  I'm going to give you a chance to tell me what Lenten traditions you have in your family & each person who comments gets a chance to win the stamp set!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sentenced for Life

Matthew has been Sentenced for Life. He needs $1000 bail to get out of jail. As of tonight, he has raised $795. This is a fundraiser for The Room at the Inn of the Carolinas, a maternity home for homeless pregnant mothers. Room at the Inn also helps these women go to college.

Tomorrow is the last day. Please pray for Matthew to reach his goal, pray for the women Room at the Inn helps and pray for a successful fundraiser for all.

Pressed Flower Card Tutorial Video

Learn to press your own flowers AND how to make your own cards in this tutorial video! I love to press flowers from my garden and I think they make gorgeous cards! I made this video a while back for a video site and wanted to share it with my blog readers (I can do that because I retain rights to all my videos and creations!) I hope you enjoy learning to press your own flowers and to make cards with them.

Pressed Flower Cards from Pattie Curran on Vimeo.

Baseball, Football - Spring Sports Have Begun!

Saturday was the first practice for flag football AND it was the first baseball game for the FHE Hawks.  The Hawks played a double header against the Triad Homeschool BlueJays high school team and won both games.  FHE doesn't even have a full high school team and pulled kids from the middle school team to help out.  It was chilly, but dry!  The rain held out until both games were done.  Sean was excited about both wins. 

We are in full swing with baseball practice several times a week.  More games coming up soon.  Luckily, we don't have a game this weekend because Sean has his district piano competition at UNCG and we plan on watching the reenactment of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thank Yous

Thursday night, Dr. Cohen will be talking to parents about Mitochondrial Disease and he will be presenting grand rounds Friday morning. My friend, Jenny Hobbs helped to put it all together. I made 8 extra large thank you cards for her to give to those who donated food and time. We are so grateful for all the doctors and families who donated their time, talent and food to get this meeting together. I'm looking forward to meeting new Mito families and seeing old friends. Here's what the cards look like. I like how the flowers turned out!